The Not-So-Super Super Bowl Commercials

While many Americans watched Super Bowl LV on February 7 to witness football in its glory, other viewers paid attention to more pressing matters: the beloved Super Bowl commercials. However, this year’s ads came with a disappointing twist amidst the pandemic, leaving millions angry and bitter. 

The downhill spiral began when, unlike previous years, Budweiser declared that they would not be advertising during the 2021 Super Bowl. In order to invest in Covid-19 resources, the company decided to avoid the marketing expenses of Super Bowl commercials. Although Budwieser’s decision appears reasonable and morally justified, millions of citizens have been left feeling dejected. 

Budweiser logo | Photo courtesy of 1000 Logos

“You thought I watched the game for football? If I was interested in dudes playing a game, I’d be looking at Chad Bitt’s love life – for the record, Gennifer Paniston deserved better,” Super Bowl viewer Anjuleenah Joelee stated. “The commercials are my only source of attention.”

Without any Budweiser commercials this year, fans are spending their time reminiscing over the advertisements of previous Super Bowls. For some, Budweiser’s absence of commercials has led to an overwhelming state of grief. 

“The dramatic sense of agony in Super Bowl viewers has reached unprecedented rates,” Dr. Liv Er stated in an interview with InternetPhD. “Disappointment with this year’s lack of advertisements is the leading cause of health complications for beer drinkers.” 

Budweiser, however, was not the only company to avoid advertisements. Pepsi, also known for its popular and borderline controversial commercials, was not spotted during the ad breaks. 

“Pepsi will not be advertising during the Super Bowl this year,” a spokesperson for the company said. “This has absolutely nothing to do with Covid-19. Our drink just sucks.” According to anonymous sources, the pandemic has finally given Pepsi employees time to try their own product. 

Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes | Photo courtesy of USA Today

Despite their lack of advertisements, Pepsi still sponsored the halftime show with beloved singer The Saturdy-Sundy.  His performance included hit songs such as “The Mountains” and “Turn Down These Lights I Literally Can’t See.” Although the show featured a large number of backup singers and dancers, most of the performers wore masks – which was no surprise, considering the NFL’s long history of prioritizing safety over their profit. 

Without the typical commercials, fans were still able to treasure other aspects of the Super Bowl. Besides the halftime show, viewers enjoyed a fair, neck-to-neck game. 

“Yeah, I guess the commercials weren’t the same this year,” Football Expert Mionel Lessi stated. “On the bright side, we witnessed an engaging match which wasn’t obnoxiously one-sided.”

As fascinating as they may be, advertisements fail to capture the full spirit of football. Beyond frivolous commercials and flashy halftime shows, the sport serves a more crucial purpose for citizens across the nation. By witnessing the dedication of various players throughout the season, true fans are not united by Budweiser’s marketing – rather, they come together under three more significant moral standards: perseverance, sportsmanship, and a fueling hatred towards Tom Brady. 

Written by Prisha Puntambekar

Senior Prisha Puntambekar is Editor-in-Chief of the MCSun and has been part of journalism since her freshman year. Outside of journalism, she is busy blasting Tyler, the Creator or Taylor Swift on her record player.

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